By Elizabeth Spencer
Elizabeth Spencer is captivated by way of Italy. For her it's been a moment domestic. A one-time resident who returns there, this native-born Mississippian has stumbled on Italy to be a fascinating land whose tradition lends itself powerfully to her inventive vision.
Some of her such a lot acclaimed paintings is decided there. Her American characters come across yet by no means fairly thoroughly comply with the mysteries of the Italian mores. amassed right here in a single quantity are Spencer's six Italian stories. Their plots are so fascinating and enigmatic that Boccaccio could were charmed by means of their pleasant ironies and their sinister contrasts of darkish and light.
Spencer is grounded in bases-Italy and the yankee South. Her characters too, generally Southerners, rove looking for connection and fulfillment.
In The mild within the Piazza (a novella which has develop into either Spencer's signature piece and a Hollywood movie) a stranger from North Carolina, touring together with her appealing daughter, encounters the intoxicating great thing about sunlit Florence and discovers a deep clash within the ethical limitation it provides. "I imagine this paintings has nice charm," Spencer has acknowledged, "and it most likely is the genuine factor, a piece written lower than nice compulsion, whereas i used to be less than the spell of Italy. however it took me, all advised, a few month to write."
In Knights and Dragons (another novella and a spouse piece to The gentle within the Piazza) an American lady in Rome and Venice struggles for unlock from her husband's sinister keep watch over over her. Spencer units this story within the chilly and wintry darkish and right here portrays the opposite face of Italy. In "The Cousins," "The Pincian Gate," "The White Azalea," and "The Visit," Spencer exhibits the phenomenal artistry that has merited popularity of her as certainly one of America's top quality writers of the fast story.